Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale area added 28,900 new private-sector jobs in the last year, the third-highest number of jobs among all metro areas. Fort Lauderdale’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in May, dropping 0.5 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 21,900 new jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent, the lowest rate since August 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,377,100 new private-sector jobs.
Governor Scott said, “The more than 28,000 new jobs created by Fort Lauderdale businesses this year means more families have the opportunities they need to live the American dream here in Florida. Today’s announcement that Florida’s unemployment rate is at a nearly 10-year low shows that we are on track to making our state the best place in the nation for jobs.”
The industries with the highest growth over the year in Fort Lauderdale were professional and business services with 11,700 new jobs and education and health services with 6,400 new jobs. Fort Lauderdale was among the top four metro areas in job demand in Florida with 22,936 job openings in May. The area had the fifth-highest number of openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 5,799 online openings.